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The London Bar
Posted by Anonymous on 11/29/2007
I expected that this place would be impeccable based on the high standards that I have heard Mr. Ramsay speak about. However, I was somewhat disppointed. We sat right at the bar, but the bartender didn't clear the setting when we sat down and we were waiting for him for a while (even to acknowledge us) even though the bar was fairly empty. Once he did greet us, he was very pleasant and it did not take a long time to get our drinks. The wine menu is fairly expensive, with the least expensive wine listed at $16/glass. The beer prices were likewise overly inflated. The wine ended-up being just mediocre and nothing to write home about. We ordered a couple of items off of the bar menu just as an early dinner snack. My friend ordered the hamburger ($16, and extremely small, more like a mini-burger). I ordered the cheese/nut/olive tapa and a side order of fries. I was underwhelmed by both - the tapa was fairly standard and the french fries (which I expected might be more like the traditional English "chips") looked and tasted like they were frozen shoestring fries. McDonald's fries are much better in comparison, and they are 1/8th of the price ($8.00 for small cup at the London). My friend did absolutely love the hamburger and the fresh fixings, but he was surprised about how small it was and he also was not crazy about the fries. The design of the restaurant was interesting and swanky. Some of the people in the restaurant seemed to make me think that it might be a bit of a scene - they looked to be models and creative types. All in all, I'm glad that I tried it, but at the same time, I probably will not return since I was not overly impressed. However, maybe the full restaurant menu is better.
Posted by Gozar the Destryoer on 11/10/2007
35 a head for 3 couse meal ! Everything was great from bread to chocalate!! Can't say enough good things about the whole expierience. I normally hate ego restaurants ..but this was worth it!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/24/2007
This is the most fabulous dining experience I have had here in New York. The food is delectable, my tastebuds danced all night -I'm not joking. We had three savoury courses and desert. Each one I didn't want to end! Every mouthful was delicious. It was quality dining, loved the presentation and the atmosphere, totally worth it. Will definitely go again.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/12/2007
The front area has been renamed Maze to separate it from the bar. Danny Meyer is more successful with a similar concept at The Bar at The Modern. Tiny tastes, some were wonderful, some not. Disappointing since we dined at the signature restaurant in London and had an ethereal experience. Very expensive.
Posted by Priyu on 03/22/2007
Stopped here for lunch. Food was flawless. Fresh high quality ingredients! I didnt care for the desserts though - I dont know why they skimped on sugar. I dont like overly sweet desserts but both the desserts we ordered were barely sweet - go elsewhere to stasify your sweet tooth. Also the service is wierd. One server carries the tray of food and another server walks along with them to the table and tells them where to put the food and even after all that they couldnt get it right! And whats with the snooty attitude - could you please leave that in London??
Posted by Anonymous on 02/05/2007
Every plate was small because it's tapas style. But I was impressed by how flavorful the food was with just a small bite! i would suggest the lobster with chicken ceaser salad. Very good! The bill came out to be a bit expensive but we ordered wine with it. It was amazing. Ramsey didn't let me down!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/27/2006
I had so looked forward to trying Gordan Ramsay's innovative cuisine at his new London Bar. The atmosphere was fantastic, the service very good. But the food...umm...ridiculous. I have never been incensed by the portion to price ratio at a restaurant as I was with this. I do not require huge portions, nor do I expect even moderately large portions at a restaurant of this caliber. However, these portions were truly ridiculous. I honestly thought I was on candid camera when they brough out my first course, the white onion and duck ragout. Amazing taste, but less that two small spoonfulls--for $14.00. Then came the waiter recommended coq au vin. I am not sure where they go chicken pieces this small. Again, really rich and elegant taste, but less than two normal bites--for $16.00. My wife and I each had two courses, a bottle of wine (the cheapest red on the menu for $45.00--next step up was $60.00 and rose sharply from there). No dessert or other drinks and the total bill with tip was about $140.00. We then went out for a burger to top things off. Never have I done this before, but I was left with little choice. I woke the next morning still angry about my experience and am not feeling much better four days later. Mr. Ramsay needs to step things up at the Bar if he plans to stay in business in New York.